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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
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    Bedford Ky. usa
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    Default making an early split

    I am anewbee,I am installing a 5 frame nuk 4/20/13 I read somewhere?that I could make another split from that nuke in May any info would bee apreciated

  2. #2
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    Sep 2012
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    Waterville, NY
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    Default Re: making an early split

    Why rush it? I would let it build for longer than a month.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2011
    Location
    KC, MO, USA
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    Default Re: making an early split

    I would say it's to risky. You could end up with two weak to fair hives going into winter.
    Were you going to buy a queen for this split? (30+ shipping?) I would just buy 2 nuks and be ahead of the game. If you let them raise raise a queen that will put you 30 or more days behind (if she mates and returns the first time).

    Your goal should be to build up for a strong winter ready hive.

    I am guessing you have a summer dearth like we do. I know last year you had a heck of a dearth.

    As a new beek two things that will ensure your success:
    1. You should start with two hives.
    2. Monitor your mites.

  4. #4
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    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: making an early split

    I think it's a mistake to try to make them too soon.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#earlysplit
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    LaGrange; Oldham County; Kentucky
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    Default Re: making an early split

    Quote Originally Posted by jjimgee View Post
    I am anewbee,I am installing a 5 frame nuk 4/20/13 I read somewhere?that I could make another split from that nuke in May any info would bee apreciated
    Hi there! I don't have much of an answer to your ? Since I'm fairly new as well, but I'm in LaGrange! Howdy neighbor! Come to the Oldham County beekeepers meetings, we have a great group right now!

  6. #6
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    Bedford Ky. usa
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    Default Re: making an early split

    I appreciate the invite but I work nights and wknds so if you don't have wed./thur.meetings,I can't make it but you can keep me updated@jjimgee@hughes.net

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